Dr. Kassam 5 things that will shock you about Coconut Oil
5 things that will shock you about Coconut Oil
Written by: Dr. Saira Kassam, ND
Sifting through all the information available on coconut oil is probably one of the most confusing and frustrating things to do! It is a highly debatable topic on Google today because the research is so conflicted. The debate ranges from coconut oil being the miracle cure, to it having no added benefit to health. It has created quite the buzz over recent years for its supposed beneficial effect on skin, cardiovascular disease, weight loss, digestion and Alzheimer’s disease.
Lets start with the basics. Coconut oil is abundantly filled with medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFA). MCFA’s are rapidly metabolized and used directly by the brain for energy. Although it can be rapidly used as a direct energy source, it is still a saturated fatty acid, which are the ones you want to avoid excess consumption of, as they can raise unhealthy cholesterol and are mainly found in animal fats and tropical oils. Not to say that coconut oil is all bad or all good, but here are 5 things about coconut oil you may not have been completely aware of:
Despite the conflicting data on the aforementioned topics of coconut oil, there are definitely some benefits from it. For example, research does suggest that it is effective for skin conditions (eczema and psoriasis), microbial infections, Alzheimer’s disease and potentially raising HDL.
As a whole, chose oils that are unrefined, minimally processed and cold pressed. With these clarifications about coconut oil, I hope you are able to make better informed decisions about when to best use coconut oil and different marketing gimmicks that are used!
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